Wood Barn Farm, Broadford Bridge, West Sussex

Broadford Bridge 170525 Will Lightburn

Photo: Weald Oil Watch

Key facts

Address: Wood Barn Farm, Adversane Lane, Broadford Bridge, Billingshurst RH14 9EB

Operator: Kimmeridge Oil & Gas Ltd (wholly owned by UK Oil & Gas Investments plc)

Planning application: WSCC/052/12/WC

Environmental permits: Mining waste permit EPR/AB3806CG/V002 (modified 11 January 2017). Application EPR/WP3335YJ/A001 for handling crude oil permit

PEDL234

Timeline

September 2017

Planning permission due to expire.

12 June 2017

Two-person lock-on protest. Details

7 June 2017

UKOG announces that 13 3/8 inch steel casing set and cemented successfully over the 855ft Weald Clay section of the Broadford Bridge well. Drilling the 12 1/4 diameter hole began on 5 June 2017, the company said. Details

5 June 2017

Three arrested in first lock-on protest outside the site. Details

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2 June 2017

Opponents of drilling accusing Sussex officers of “unpredictable policing” Details

31 May 2017

UKOG threatens campaign group with legal action over Broadford Bridge newsletter. Details

29 May 2017

UKOG announces drilling began. Details and UKOG statement to investors

26 Nat 2017

Angry residents call for immediate halt to UKOG oil drilling plans. Details

25 May 2017

Drilling rig installed. Details and UKOG statement to investors. First protester arrested. Details

19 April 2017

Responses to the permit consultation show divisions over UKOG’s competence. Supporters describe the company as “very responsible”. Objectors point to mistakes in the application. Details

13 April 2017

Closing date for comments on consultation on Environment Agency permit.

Week beginning 20 March 2017

Work underway on site at Broadford Bridge in preparation for drilling. Details

16 March 2017

Consultation opens on environmental permit application. Link to consultation page

9 March 2017

Broadford Bridge well needs new planning application, says campaign Group. Details

20 February 2017

Kimmeridge Oil & Gas Ltd applies to the Environment Agency for a standard rules permit for storage and handling of crude oil arising from onshore oil and gas exploration and production activities. Details and DrillOrDrop report

4 January 2017

West Sussex county Council approves changes to planning permission allowing for a drilling “zone of variation” within which the proposed lateral borehole can be drilled. Details  

5 December 2016

UK Oil & Gas Investments plc announces it plans to drill Broadford Bridge in the first half of 2017. Details

14 September 2016

Keep Kirdford and Wisborough Green announces it is challenging the two-year extension by the Oil and Gas Authority of the first term of  PEDL234, which includes Broadford Bridge. Details  (The challenge was unsuccessful)

11 August 2016

UK Oil & Gas Investments plc announces it has acquired 100% of PEDL234 from Celtique Energie and Magellan Petroleum UK Ltd, including operation of the Wood Barn Farm site

30 June 2016

The Oil and Gas Authority extends for two years the initial term of PEDL234, which includes Broadford Bridge. Details

13 June 2016

UK Oil and Gas Investments plc announces it has acquired 100% of PEDL234, the licence including Broadford Bridge, from Celtique Energie and Magellan Petroleum UK Ltd. Details

April 2016

In an SEC filing, Magellan Petroleum says it is looking to sell its interests in teh Weald in southern England, including PEDL234, which covers Broadford Bridge. Details

15 May 2015

In a filing to the US SEC, Magellan Petroleum reveals details of the legal dispute with Celtique Energie over payments for drilling Broadford Bridge. Magellan confirms it is making a counter claim against Celtique. Details

26 February 2015

Celtique Energie issues a claim against Magellan Petroleum for £1.54m plus 5% interest in the High Court over payments for drilling Broadford Bridge. Details

22 December 2014

in a filing to the US SEC, Magellan Petroleum says the Broadford Bridge well will be drilled in spring 2015. Details

17 October 2014

Alleged Sunday working breach of planning conditions raised by Phil Donoughue, of Keep Kirdford and Wisborough Green, at a full meeting of West Sussex County Council. The company said it had not breached conditions, the council reported. Details

28 September 2014

Allegation that people were working at Broadford Bridge, in breach of planning conditions at the site. Details

15 September 2014

Celtique Energie announces it has begun work on the site at Broadford Bridge. Details

11 February 2013

Decision date for approval of planning application WSCC/052/12/WC for a deviated exploratory oil well at Broadford Bridge